Last Chance for Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve!  Are you ready?  Surprisingly, I made enough space over the last week or so that I actually AM ready.  Presents bought and wrapped.   Halls (and everything else) decked.  Portions of Christmas Eve dinner ready – the rest will be soon.  

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It’s not perfect up in here.  I swear.  I didn’t do Christmas cards or Christmas card photos – first time since I’ve had children.  Yes, I’ve had a little guilt over that – my kids were shocked and disappointed that I didn’t do them.  I’ve done some really awesome Christmas cards – I used to even do handmade ones.  Not this year.  I did get my picture made with Santa, though!

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Tonight I’m hosting a Christmas Eve dinner for fifteen people (thankfully, I’m not doing all the cooking!).  As I am writing this morning, there is actually a very light SNOW falling outside my window. Pretty amazing after a weekend of temperatures up to 74, but that’s a Tennessee winter for you!

Before I go, here comes the Shameless Plug Alert:  If you have a special someone who you haven’t found the perfect gift for, my video classes (paint color and furniture arrangement) are available for easy gifting:

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You’ll be able to print out a pretty gift card with an access code for that special someone (or maybe even yourself!) to the video decorating class of your choice.  It’s quick and easy, and you won’t even have to make a last minute run to the stores today!  Now back to what’s important:  my wish for you is that you spend your Christmas with people who love you.  I appreciate all of you who show up to share a little bit of my life, even when it’s via this blog.  


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 Have a merry, merry Christmas!




A Book Lover’s Christmas Tree

Every year, I like to come up with something new and different to do when decorating for Christmas.  This year I decided to try a Christmas tree forest, but a few years ago I created a tabletop Christmas tree made of books.  It’s been pretty popular on Pinterest, so I thought I’d share it with my readers in case you missed it:


Decorating with books – one of my favorite things!  So I had to attempt a Christmas centerpiece of a bookish nature.  I started with a white cake stand and a big stack of books.  A few decorations and a bag of mica snow later, this is what I came up with:

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 I used small porcelain figurines to decorate my book tree and topped it with a porcelain bird.

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This photo was my inspiration.  My decorator friend, Linda Holt of Linda Holt Interiors, posted it on my FaceBook wall and I KNEW I had to make a version of this!   [Read more...]

Now Try This: Christmas Tree Clusters!

I wanted to do something really different for my Christmas decorating this year . . . 

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I hope you all spend this day with those you love.  Even though I’ve already decorated the rest of my house for Christmas (I just couldn’t wait any longer!), I kept my table set for Thanksgiving:


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This has been a difficult year for me.  I’m sure it has been for many of you, as well. But I have to believe I’ve gained more than I’ve lost. More truth, more understanding.  And maybe someday soon, I’ll gain a sense of peace that we all long for.  For now, I am thankful for what I have – which is more than enough.

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Happy Thanksgiving, from my home to yours!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – At the Southern Living Idea House

Tuesday I spent a magical evening at the newly decorated Southern Living idea House at Fontanel where the builder, Castle Homes, gave VIP guests (including me!) a special private tour. It feels as though the Christmas season has begun in Nashville!

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Last Minute Halloween Costume Picks – No Disney or Sexy Allowed

Halloween is upon us – do your kids have their costumes yet?  I typically like to put together my kids’ costumes myself, but there are years when you don’t have the time or energy to do that!  So I decided to put together a few of my favorite kids’ costumes from Amazon - since they can still get them delivered to you in time.  When choosing kids’ Halloween costumes, I have two rules:


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1) It can’t be too mainstream or trendy.

Nothing from the latest movie or a recent television show.  For boys, it’s good to go old-school like a policeman, astronaut, or cowboy.

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I Did It For the Children – Creepy Halloween Decorating

Here’s the deal:  I almost overdosed on Halloween several years ago.  I hosted a Twilight-themed cooking club the beginning of October one year, which meant I spooked up the house in a major way in mid-September.  So it was like living in a haunted house for six weeks. Ever since, I have a hard time getting in the spirit of Halloween decorating.    

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